Jan 17, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT
Joel Nagtegaal, a kooky Canadian student living in British Columbia, has a wacky idea for how to best take advantage of Canada’s assumed dominance in several events during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next month and put it to a good cause.
Nagtegaal, clearly a visionary, came up with a wonderful idea: how about he arranges a system where goats can be donated to poor nations for every gold medal the Canadians win? You know, for charity. Wait, what?
Nagtegaal has launched goatforgold.com, a campaign that asks Canadians to donate a goat to nations such as Bangladesh and Zambia every time an athlete from the Great White North strikes gold during the 2010 Games.
Brilliant! But don’t think for a second that an idea as ingenious as this just springs forth over a matter of moments out of the blue. Of course, the movement originally arose courtesy of how every great thing the Canadians accomplish comes to fruition: hockey.
Nagtegaal, 24, originally came up with idea during last season’s NHL playoffs, was originally a means to do something good in honor of the playoff run by his beloved Vancouver Canucks.
They had already started working on playoff goatees when they – perhaps fuelled by the post-game brewskis – stumbled upon the goat idea.
They wanted to donate 16 goats in all, since 16 playoff wins would make the Canucks Stanley Cup champions.
But the idea quickly caught fire, as one person set up a Facebook group and another created a website dubbed goatcanucksgoat.com.
By the time the drive was complete, 1,073 goats had been pledged and distributed to Kenyan families in need.
Well done, eh.
The benefit of donating goats is that they are relatively cheap to care for and raise, have many uses and reproduce quickly. The cost of donating a goat is a paltry $34.50 and when one of the goats donated gives birth, the offspring is donated to another needy family in the area.
Best of luck to Mr. Nagtegaal in his charitable endeavor. Hopefully, none of the goats donated have the capacity of speech. If that is the case, any talking goat donated should come with a three-foot rope and a hickory stick. Maybe an AM radio would be nice, too. I know it’s not as nice as MTZ or a trip to a Ragu festival, but at least the radio could keep the goat company, right?
And yes, as you can see, I have no shame and will happily make Adam Sandler references from 15+ years ago. My thoughts are if you make said references at a medium pace, no one makes a big deal about it.
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